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A Handbook of English Renaissance Literary Studies

John Lee (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-45878-5
464 pages
November 2017
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Provides a detailed map of contemporary critical theory in Renaissance and Early Modern English literary studies beyond Shakespeare

A Handbook of English Renaissance Literary Studies is a groundbreaking guide to the contemporary engagement with critical theory within the larger disciplinary area of Renaissance and Early Modern studies. Comprising commissioned contributions from leading international scholars, it provides an overview of literary theory, beyond Shakespeare, focusing on most major figures, as well as some lesser-known writers of the period.

This book represents an important first step in bridging the divide between the abundance of titles which explore applications of theory in Shakespeare studies, and the relative lack of such texts concerning English Literary Renaissance studies as a whole, which includes major figures such as Marlowe, Jonson, Donne, and Milton. The tripartite structure offers a map of the critical landscape so that students can appreciate the breadth of the work being done, along with an exploration of the ways in which the treatments of or approaches to key issues have changed over time.

Handbook of English Renaissance Literary Studies is must-reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of early modern and Renaissance English literature, as well as their instructors and advisors. 

Divided into three main sections, “Conditions of Subjectivity,” “Spaces, Places, and Forms,” and “Practices and Theories,” A Handbook of English Renaissance Literary Studies:

  • Provides an overview of theoretical work and the theoretical-informed competencies which are central to the teaching of English Renaissance literary studies beyond Shakespeare
  • Provides a map of the critical landscape of the field to provide students with an opportunity to appreciate the breadth of the work done
  • Features newly-commissioned essays in representative subject areas to offer a clear picture of the contemporary theoretically-engaged work in the field
  • Explores the ways in which the treatments of or approaches to key issues have changed over time
  • Offers examples of the ways in which the practice of a theoretically-engaged criticism may enrich the personal and professional lives of critics, and the culture in which such critical practice takes place
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Table of Contents

 Acknowledgments

Notes on Contributors

Introduction
John Lee

Part 1: Conditions of Subjectivity

1 Gender
Catherine Bates

2 Love and Friendship
James M. Bromley

3 Race and Colonization
Jean E. Feerick

4 Agency and Choice
John Lee

5 Religion and the Religious Turn
Julia Reinhard Lupton

6 Desire and Representation
Simon Ryle

7 Power and Service
David Schalkwyk

8 The Body and Its Lives
William W.E. Slights

9 Objects and Things
Julian Yates

Part 2: Places, Spaces, and Forms

10 The Market
David J. Baker

11 Nature and the Non-human
Bruce Boehrer

12 Nation and Archipelago
Willy Maley

13 London
Ian Munro

14 The Church
Anne M. Myers

15 The Republic of Letters and the Commonwealth of Learning
Joanna Picciotto

16 Romance
Benedict S. Robinson

17 The Court
Lauren Shohet

18 The Household
Mary E. Trull

Part 3: Practices and Theories

19 Rhetorics of Similitude
Judith H. Anderson

20 Publication
Joshua Eckhardt

21 Authorship
Jane Griffiths

22 Reading
Mary Ann Lund

23 Science and Early Modern Literature
Howard Marchitello

24 Representation
Patricia Phillippy

25 Historiography
Nicholas Popper

26 Devotion
Timothy Rosendale

27 The Book
Helen Smith

28 Travel and Chorography
Angus Vine

Index

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Author Information

John Lee is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, UK. His work on Renaissance English literature has included a selection of Spenser's shorter poems and a monograph, Shakespeare and the Controversies of Self.

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